Jeannine Ouellette has worked as a writer and editor for regional and national magazines and has served as the Nonfiction Editor for Orison Books and reviewer for Up the Staircase Quarterly. She is the author of the books Mama MoonA Day Without Immigrants, and Hurricane Katrina, and co-author of The Good Caregiver, among others. Her fiction, creative nonfiction, narrative journalism, and poetry have appeared in numerous publications. She is the recipient of a Curt Johnson Fiction Award, Proximity Essay Award, Masters Review Emerging Writer's Award, two recent Pushcart nominations, as well as awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Medill School of Journalism. Her work has been praised by Joyce Carol Oates as "simply beautiful, precisely imagined, poetically structured, compelling, and vivid." Jeannine serves as a mentor for the Association of Writers & Writing Program's Writer-to-Writer Program as well as for the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, and she is the founder and director of Elephant Rock, an independent creative writing program in Minneapolis. Jeannine earned her MFA in fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She recently completed her first novel.